Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lilac Sunday - May 11th

Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum coincides again this year with Mother's Day. It's the only day of the year when picnicking is allowed on the arboretum's lawns, and it's usually a pretty crowded day - lots of families enjoying the bursting lilacs everywhere. Dawn to dusk tours hourly showcase the arboretum's 180 varieties of lilacs collected from all over the world.
Arboretum pictures on here.
The arboretum is a wonderful place for walking, exploring, wandering, bird watching, taking photographs and just breathing easier. Part of Boston's Emerald Necklace, designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and managed by Harvard University, the arboretum was part of the late industrial age idea that mankind needs green spaces to preserve their sanity and humanity. How prescient!
The timing seems to be quite apt again this year, as the lilacs on my tree are just itching to pop!

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